David Brancaccio

Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Morning Report

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I’ve anchored and reported for Marketplace since 1989 from bases in London, Los Angeles and New York. Multimedia journalism’s my thing — been doing radio since I was a little boy. I write, love cameras and audio/video editing and have anchored television. I grew up in a small town in Maine but have attended schools in Italy, Madagascar and Ghana.

What was your first job?

DJ and newsman on WTVL AM/FM, Waterville, Maine.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Making each and every one fit. “Marketplace Morning Report” has to end at 58 minutes and 58 seconds past each hour; no more, no less.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Find your own voice in your on-air style and in your writing.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Astronaut. They say a key qualification for the Mars mission are folks who can fix things on the fly. I'm good at MacGyvering.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

A McIntosh audiophile-grade stereo amplifier. No, not spelled the same as the computer. They always were too expensive for me, and now they're even more expensive.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

For those who shave, a shaving brush.  And kitchen scissors. Really. It'll change your life.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

I thought people work in their own best interests. They don't. They use up resources until they hurt themselves. "Tragedy of the commons," economists call it.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Live on the air, I slipped and swapped an "f" for a "p" in some copy and looked up to see an empty control room. They were all on the floor laughing at my expense.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

Besides the photo of my family, there is a 4" diameter, 4-foot-tall model rocket in the Marketplace Morning Report colors I built. It's flown to 4,000 feet.

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When Economic Success is Not In the Cards

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From the Road: Euro Angst

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Sometimes 'payday' rhymes with 'mayday'

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Mayday, as in the international distress signal. It is from the French "M'Aider!" or "Help Me!" Payday, as in so-called payday loans, where a lo...

Cruising the same wavelength with Darrell Issa and The Heritage Foundation

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It is part of the Economy 4.0 beat to keep an eye on new rules of the road for the economy. And so it was with interest I noted pieces in Politic...

With down economy, demand for truckers goes up

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Is it a good time to embark on a career as a truck driver? Apparently so. David Brancaccio reports from Cuba, Mo., on another alternative indicator.

Thriving Without Innovation

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Watch & listen to a slideshow about the "birth of a barrel" at McGinnis Wood Products in Cuba, Missouri....

Return to Cuba High

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Ten years ago, I spent a week in Cuba, Missouri, looking at the impact of globalization on this small town in the 'middle' of America. I visited...

The State of Cuba

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Not that Cuba. The Cuba a couple of hours west of St. Louis on old Route 66. I visited there on a Marketplace assignment precisely ten years ago....